ESCDaily is your number one Australian based Eurovision website. We cover the Eurovision Song Contest as a sports competition: “The Olympic Games of Music”.
WHO WE ARE
Team ESCDaily is a group of independent sports journalists & media students with a shared passion for the Eurovision Song Contest. The team is rooted in Australia, and we follow our country from Down Under with special attention and with the critical attitude that is crucial to the value of journalism for society.
ESCDaily was officially launched on the 1st of November 2009 by a couple of Australian music journalists with a passion for Eurovision. Right now, the team is a wonderful mix of nationalities, all dedicated to give you the best possible coverage of the contest. One of the strengths of ESCDaily is that we work with graduated journalists and media experts in our team; professionals who have the core values of journalism as their standard.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Eurovision Song Contest is “The Olympic Games of Music”.
“Australians love to compete,” said the first Australian Head of Delegation Paul Clarke once to us in an interview. Therefore, ESCDaily approaches the Eurovision Song Contest primarily as a competition, as a sports event.
We believe that the Eurovision trophy is like the “Olympic Gold Medal of Music”, the highest honour a singer can achieve. Therefore, when we cover the contest, we do it from the perspective of a very serious sporting event. We discuss the different strategies, we follow the scores, we analyze the results.
The Eurovision Song Contest contributes significantly to a European public sphere.
The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to help create a European public sphere. Its creation played an important part in the first plans for a European unification process after World War II. In other words: Eurovision directly contributed to peace in Europe. Without overestimating the power of a television show, we do believe that this larger purpose should still be at the basis of every core decision made by the EBU today.
It is also worth noting that Australia, the country that ESCDaily originates from, is part of the European public sphere. Most of Australia’s inhabitants today have European heritage, and the Australian media landscape is much more focused on Europe than it is in, for example, the United States. One of the best examples of that is the fact that SBS started broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest in Australia already 30 years before they were allowed to take part. Therefore, let there be no doubt: we at ESCDaily believe that Australia deserves to be a fully fledged Eurovision participant.
WHAT WE PROMISE YOU
We will uphold the core ethics of professional sports journalism
That means that, following the SPJ Code of Ethics, we take responsibility for the accuracy of our work. All our news has been verified before release. We use original sources and identify our sources clearly to our audience. We stay away from vague rumours, and we always choose reliability over speed.
We will provide context for relevant topics
On top of the plain facts, we are always looking to contextualize what is happening in the world of Eurovision. This could be through background information, or through expressing and giving voice to different opinions. However, we always separate facts from opinions. We only interview those artists and delegation members when we have relevant questions to ask.
We are, and always will be independent
Our journalistic independence is what gives meaning and value to our content. As much as we carry out our Australian heritage, as much as we cheer for the participants from Down Under – we are not with SBS. We have no affiliation with the Australian broadcaster and we follow the work they do with a critical attitude. The same goes for EBU or any other national broadcaster.
We welcome people from all around the world
Whether they are readers, viewers, followers or (aspiring) team members – everyone is welcome. We have a diverse team with people from many different nationalities and we aim to keep it that way. We want to emphasize examples of traditional culture and local customs in our coverage without forgetting that we are all part of the same beautiful continent. We do not just “send” you content – we facilitate an online meeting place where ethnic discrimination is not tolerated.
We want to help you – and get to know you
That means first of all that our news always comes with a face, so you can get to know us – not just the content we make. We also pay special attention to your journey to Eurovision in our preview articles full of useful tips. But we can’t get to know you unless you talk to us. Our editors love to have a chat through Facebook, and if you have a question, we’ll do what we can to help you.
WHAT YOU CAN FIND HERE
The Olympic Games of Music: Results – News about the Competition – Opinion & Analysis
As a sports medium, we cover every match. From a Lithuanian presentation show on a drizzly Saturday evening in January, to the spectacular Grand Final in May – ESCDaily will give you live commentary through liveblogs and the latest scores in convenient overviews. But our Eurovision season does not start only in January. We bring you news and preselection updates all year long. We also discuss strategies in editorials, and we question broadcasters about the choices that they make.
Your Eurovision Experience: Host City – Different Cultures – Trips and Travels
The moment that one Eurovision season is over, the next one begins. All throughout the summer we follow the host city selection process. You can find the latest news about the three tv-shows in May on our website, and also travel details for those who want to visit the contest themselves. We also vlog about our own trips. And because we think Eurovision is a meeting place for different cultures, we sometimes zoom in on a country or entry that has a special story to tell.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR US
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Correct us, help us, contribute whenever you can
Do you feel like something’s wrong or something’s missing? Let us know! We would be nothing without the help of engaged fans who point out when we’ve made a spelling error, or missed an important announcement in an Albanian news show.